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NORBA National Series #2 - NE
Deer Valley, Utah, USA, July 6-9, 2006
Race 6 - July 9: Short Track
The Luna Chix sweep and Kabush wins short track #11
By Steve Medcroft
Just like they did at the NORBA short track in Sugar Mountain, North Carolina one month ago, the Luna Chix swept the podium at Deer Valley when Katerina Nash, Georgia Gould and Shonny Vanlandingham grabbed first through third. Nash says that she and her teammates were able to establish a comfortable lead early and she, with two prior short track wins this season and the series championship safe at hand, had the strongest set of Luna legs and was able to grab the win.
"With Park City being at elevation," Nash said about her approach to the weekend's finale, "the strategy was to just keep a high pace because we knew that people wouldn't survive a high pace at high elevation. Once we were able to get most of the team up front and didn't have any other team riding with us, we all went for our own race."
Nash says she slipped away from her two teammates with half the race still to run. "Sometimes that can be pretty early but I just maintained it all the way to the end." Gould finished second and Vanlandingham third. Willow Koerber (Subaru/Gary Fisher) and Dara Marks-Marino (Titus/Kenda) completed the podium.
Fighting his way to the top
Kabush continues his streak as the winningest short track racer in the format's young history. The Deer Valley win was his eleventh and, says the Team Maxxis rider who is about to defend his National Championship jersey in Kamloops, British Columbia on Saturday July 15th, it's a good sign that his form is back on track.
"It was a tough course," Kabush said by phone on Monday. "Watching the women's race, you could see that it was going to be a bit of triathlon, that it would be selective." Not selective in the usual, mid-race, lead-pack kind of way. Promoters decided to lift the excitement early with a first lap premium.
Ryan Trebon, who is known for fierce starts anyway, decided he wanted that cash in his own pocket. "Trebon wound it out and stretched the field," Kabush said. "I made my move after the third lap or so, got it out to about ten seconds and just kept it going." Which made for a far more painful short track than Kabush, a gifted stalker/sprinter, was used to. "It was more of a time trial effort."
Kabush held off the hard-chasing Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher) by fifteen seconds and says the win, like his similar result at Sugar Mountain in June, is a sign that he has shaken the effects of an early season illness. "It was frustrating to not do anything at the World Cups - I didn't do anything close to what I had for goals for myself - but hopefully I can prove to myself at Worlds that I can compete with those guys again."
The after-party for non Americans
With their American NORBA counterparts headed for the US National Championships at the Cougar Mountain Classic in Sonoma, California Thursday through Sunday, Nash and Kabush have made separate plans for their next few weeks.
As of Monday, Kabush is in Victoria, British Columbia, putting the final touches on his preparations for the Canadian National Championships (July 15). He says he's expecting a strong challenge from riders like Seamus McGrath, who podiumed in the Mont Saint Anne World Cup at the end of June, and Ricky Federau, who has been sneaking into the top ten in NORBA cross countries this season.
Nash says that the financial hardship and time committment of traveling back to her home means she'll miss the Czech Republic National Championship, also this weekend. She will, however, use the break between now and the Brian Head NORBA (Aug 5-6) to get in some well deserved recovery and training time.
Pro women 1 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Womens Mtb Team 0.23.25 2 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Womens Mtb 0.07 3 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens Mtb Team 0.19 4 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.26 5 Dara Marks-Marino (USA) Titus/Kenda 0.27 6 Alison Sydor (Can) Rocky Mtn Business Objects 0.36 7 Jimena Florit (Arg) Luna Womens Mtb 0.39 8 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Ford Cycling 0.46 9 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Tm 0.50 10 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek/Vw 0.57 11 Kristen Danielson (USA) Velo Bella/Kona 1.11 12 Kelli Emmett (USA) Ford Cycling 1.44 Lapped: 13 Jennifer Smith (NZl) Trek/Vw 14 Nina Baum (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale 15 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Ford Cycling 16 Chloe Forsman (USA) Tokyo Joes/X-Fusion 17 Wendy Simms (Can) Velo Bella/Kona 18 Jenna Zander (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale 19 Melissa Thomas (USA) Rockymounts 20 Michelle Hyland (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Tm 21 Jamie Whitmore (USA) Felt Racing 22 Christina Smith (USA) Orthopedic Store.Com 23 Stacey Scanlan (USA) Tamarack 24 Carissa Wilkes (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling 25 Carolyn Popovic (USA) Mtbikechicks.Com/Cannondale 26 Shannon Gibson (USA) Crazy Cat/Yetigrassroots 27 Judy Freeman (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale 28 Jennifer Wilson (USA) Titus Grassroots 29 Theresa Richardson (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale 30 Paula Burks (USA) Vantaggio/ Specialized 31 Alice Pennington (USA) Desalvo 32 Kristi Lewis (USA) Orbea 33 Rebecca Gross (USA) Armed Forces 34 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/Dtswiss/Gu 35 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) Trek/Vw 36 Krista Park (USA) Colavita/Addictive Cycles 37 Shannon Holden (USA) Velo Bella/Kona 38 Heather Svahn (USA) Content Works 39 Chrissy Bono (USA) Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling 40 Meggan Flaherty (USA) Bicylce Johns/Serious Cycling 41 Melanie Meyers (USA) Ford Cycling 42 Hilary Wright (USA) Devo 43 Noel Weddle (USA) Velo Bella/Kona 44 Lauren Koedyk (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Tm 45 Becca Blay (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale 46 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Vantaggio/Specialized 47 Jennifer Tilley (USA) Kona/Velo Bella 48 Kim Passafiume (USA) Velo Bella/ Kona 49 Sonya Looney (USA) Titus 50 Sue Abbene (USA) Raleigh Facotry 51 Kristina Andrus (USA) Dean Bikes 52 Jennifer Hanks (USA) Revolution Mtn Sports 53 Christie Pleiss (USA) Tm K&N Performance 54 Dj Morisette (USA) Ellsworth/Copper Chase Condos 55 Heather Baumgartner (USA) Tm Adventure Cycling Aurora Co DNF Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher Pro men 1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis 0.23.42 2 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.15 3 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona/Les Gets 0.27 4 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/Vw 0.28 5 Clinton Avery (NZl) New Zealand Natl Team 0.30 6 Adam Craig (USA) Giant 0.50 7 Sam Schultz (USA) U23 National Team 0.59 8 Alan Obye (USA) Sram 1.25 Lapped: 9 Cody Peterson (USA) 3D Racing/Sram/Lfp&Co 10 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis 11 Mike West (USA) Maverick 12 Walker Ferguson (USA) Scott/Spinner 13 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/Vw 14 Brian Smith (USA) Trek/Vw 15 Sam Jurekovic (USA) U23 National Team 16 Charles Pendry (USA) Inland - Btd 17 Bart Gillespie (USA) Raliegh Factory Team 18 Ricky Federau (Can) Teamrace.Com 19 Colin Cares (USA) U23 National Team 20 Travis Brown (USA) Trek/Frs Nutrition 21 Nick Martin (USA) Trek/Vw 22 Jeff Schalk (USA) Trek Vw- East 23 Brent Miller (Aus) Santa Cruz/Fox Shox 24 Keith Hickerson (USA) Tamarack 25 Thomas Spannring (Aus) Cole Sport 26 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona/Lesgets 27 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Devo 28 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona/Les Gets 29 Spencer Paxson (USA) Devo 30 Eric Ransom (USA) Tamarack Resort/Intense 31 Ryan Lynch (USA) James Frames/Ciber 32 Christian Favata (USA) Overlookmtb/Hutchinson/Spy 33 Matt Kelly (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 34 Travis Woodruff (USA) Litespeed/Pcw 35 Miles Venzara (USA) Team Health Fx 36 Nicholas Stevens (GBr) Fuentes Design/Waltworks 37 Brent Winebarger (USA) Health Fx/Cwc 38 Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Bicycle Butler/Rocky 39 Luke Pennington (USA) S And M 40 Chris Jung (USA) Waltworks/Fuentes Design 41 Jason Sager (USA) Hotel San Jose/Cannondale 42 Adam Snyder (USA) Balance Bar/Devo 43 Kevin Day (USA) Bikers Edge 44 Brandon Draugelis (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale 45 Paul Hanson (USA) 46 Andy Schultz (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale 47 Ryan Artale (USA) Maverick/Full Cycle 48 Patrick Bush (USA) Clif Bar 49 Austin Carroll (USA) Team Devo 50 Rick Wetherald (USA) Tamarack Resort 51 Stephen Iles (USA) Comotion Sports 52 Blake Zumbrunnen (USA) Revolution/Crank Bros 53 Shannon Boffeli (USA) Revolution Mtn Sports/Crank Bros 54 Waylon Smith (GBr) Khs 55 Steve Kinney (USA) Steven K Sports 56 Daniel Corum (USA) Inland/Btd 57 Greg Lewis (USA) Healthfx/Cwc 58 Chanoch Redlich (Isr) Trek/Sram/Rudy DNF Des Curry (NZl) Odi/Smith/Romic